Ida has regained hurricane status this evening in the Caribbean as it heads for the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center's official forecast is beginning to narrow somewhat on the northern Gulf Coast and the west coast of Florida. South Florida is not under the cone as of the 10pm advisory. The system is expected to become extratropical and become absorbed in a cold front. This front is could cause Ida to make a hard right turn Tuesday into Wednesday, which is forecast to bring the storm toward the southeast. Check out the text below for the official update from the NHC on the upgrade of Ida to a hurricane. Don't for get to get all the latest on Ida at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov
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HURRICANE IDA TROPICAL CYCLONE UPDATE
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL112009
1115 PM EST SAT NOV 7 2009
...IDA REACHES HURRICANE INTENSITY...
DATA FROM NOAA BUOY 42056...LOCATED IN THE NORTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN
SEA ABOUT 120 MILES...195 KM...EAST-SOUTHEAST OF COZUMEL MEXICO...
RECENTLY REPORTED A 1-MINUTE SUSTAINED WIND OF 74 MPH...119 KM/HR.
THIS INDICATES THAT IDA HAS ONCE AGAIN REACHED HURRICANE STATUS...
WITH MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS OF AROUND 75 MPH...120 KM/HR.
AN AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT IS CURRENTLY
APPROACHING IDA AND WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE
INTENSITY AND STRUCTURE OF THE HURRICANE IN THE NEXT FEW HOURS.